PBA 3x3 was the men's 3x3 basketball league of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

PBA 3x3
First season2021
ConfederationFIBA Asia
Number of teams11–14
Last champion(s)Meralco Bolts 3x3
Most championshipsTNT Triple Giga
(6 titles)



The proposal to form PBA 3x3, a men's 3x3 basketball league, was a result of a joint partnership between the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the national sports association for basketball in the Philippines, as a means to help the Philippine national 3x3 team qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics and subsequent editions after 3x3 became a regular discipline in the 2020 Summer Olympics.[1] The concept for a PBA 3x3 league was proposed by Terrafirma governor Bobby Rosales in an annual board meeting.[2] PBA 3x3 is proposed as a stand-alone program, similar to the PBA D-League which means that the 3x3 league is distinct from the main 5-a-side men's professional league of the PBA.[1]

The PBA had prior involvement in 3x3. In 2014 and 2015, it has allowed some of its players to join Philippine-based teams to participate in masters tournaments of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour and organized the short-lived PBA Women's 3x3 which had one season in 2015, following the Philippines women's national team's promotion to Division I of the FIBA Asia Women's Championship.[2]

The SBP also had partnered with Bounty Agro Ventures to organize the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3, a men's 3x3 league, which helped garner enough FIBA 3x3 ranking points for the Philippine men's national team to earn a berth in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 has publicly welcomed the possible formation of a 3x3 league by the PBA[2] and the SBP said that the existence of more competitive 3x3 tournaments is within its interest.[3] There are plans to revive the women's 3x3 league as of February 2020.[4]

The inaugural season was supposed to be held in 2020 but was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the PBA preoccupied with plans to resume the season of its main league during that time.[5]

The PBA 3x3 committee was formed in August 2020, with Alaska Aces governor, Richard Bachmann as its chairman.[6] The committee held its first meeting on August 13, 2020.[7] Eric Altamirano was also named as the league's first commissioner.[8]

The PBA 3x3 inaugural season was initially scheduled to be held in parallel with the 2021 PBA season, which opened on April 11, 2021,[9] but was further postponed. The inaugural PBA 3x3 season commenced on November 20, 2021.[10]

Following the exodus of almost a third of players to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League at the conclusion of the 2023–24 Third Conference, the PBA in May 2024 decided to shelf it's 3x3 league. With the disbandment of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 in November 2023, the Philippines is left without a FIBA sanctioned men's 3x3 league.[11]



The PBA 3x3 committee is leaning on scheduling games of the PBA 3x3 in between conferences of the main PBA league, to allow the franchise teams to field their top players in 3x3 matches.[12]

Under FIBA 3x3 classification the league is a Level 4 tournament.[13]



Franchise teams


Among the franchise teams of the PBA since the 3x3 league's inception, only the Converge FiberXers (Alaska Aces in 2021 season) has not fielded a team. Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters have fielded teams in the past but their respective teams would went on leave.

Team Company PBA affiliate Joined
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 2021
Blackwater Smooth Razor Ever Bilena Blackwater Bossing 2022
Cavitex Braves Metro Pacific Investments Corporation NLEX Road Warriors 2021
Limitless Appmasters Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters 2021
Meralco Bolts 3x3 Manila Electric Company Meralco Bolts 2021
NorthPort Batang Pier Sultan 900 Capital, Inc. NorthPort Batang Pier 2021
Purefoods TJ Titans San Miguel Food and Beverage, Inc. Magnolia Hotshots 2021
San Miguel Beermen San Miguel Brewery, Inc. San Miguel Beermen 2021
Sista Super Sealers Asian Coatings Philippines, Inc. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 2021
Terrafirma 3x3 Terrafirma Realty Development Corporation Terrafirma Dyip 2021
TNT Triple Giga Smart Communications TNT Tropang Giga 2021

Guest teams

Team Company Joined
J&T Express Jet Express Co., Ltd. 2022
Master Sardines Fishing Champs Universal Canning Inc. 2021
MCFASolver Tech Centrale MCFASolver Tech Centrale 2023
Pioneer ElastoSeal Katibays Pioneer Epoxy Adhesives Inc. 2021
Platinum Karaoke Vismay International Corporation 2021
Wilcon Depot 3x3 Wilcon Depot Inc. 2023
Zamboanga Valientes MLV Group 2021


Season Conference Final Third place game
Grand Champion Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
2021 First Limitless Appmasters 18–16 Platinum Karaoke TNT Tropang Giga 22–14 Terrafirma 3x3
Second Pioneer Pro Tibay 12–10 Sista Super Sealers Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 21–16 TNT Tropang Giga
Third TNT Tropang Giga 21–19 Purefoods TJ Titans Sista Super Sealers 21–20 San Miguel Beermen
2022–23 First TNT Tropang Giga 20–17 Platinum Karaoke Cavitex Braves 16–11 Meralco Bolts 3x3
Second TNT Tropang Giga 19–17 Cavitex Braves J&T Express 20–14 Platinum Karaoke
Third TNT Tropang Giga 21–18 San Miguel Beermen Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 21–18 J&T Express
2023–24 First TNT Triple Giga 21–18 Cavitex Braves Meralco Bolts 3x3 18–14 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel
Second TNT Triple Giga 21–20 Meralco Bolts 3x3 Pioneer ElastoSeal Katibays 16–15 Cavitex Braves
Third Meralco Bolts 3x3 21–17 TNT Triple Giga Cavitex Braves 22–19 Blackwater Smooth Razor

Championships by franchise

Franchise Championships Runners-up Third places Total trophies Last championship
TNT Triple Giga 6 1 1 8 2023–24 Second
Meralco Bolts 3x3 1 1 1 3 2023–24 Third
Pioneer ElastoSeal Katibays 1 0 1 2 2021 Second
Limitless Appmasters 1 0 0 1 2021 First
Cavitex Braves 0 2 2 4
Platinum Karaoke 0 2 0 2
Sista Super Sealers 0 1 1 2
Purefoods TJ Titans 0 1 0 1
San Miguel Beermen 0 1 0 1
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 0 0 2 2
J&T Express 0 0 1 1

Bold denotes active franchise


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